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Mark Fidrych Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 14, 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Died: April 13, 2009 in Northborough, Massachusetts
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 3" Weight: 175
First Game: April 20, 1976 ; Final Game: October 1, 1980
Awards and Achievements
Named AL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1976)
Named AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1976)
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Mark Fidrych This article was written by Rich Puerzer and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Although he pitched in only 58 major-league games in his tragically brief career, Mark Fidrych made an enduring impression on the history and culture of professional baseball. Fidrych had one stellar season, in 1976. That season, he first made an impression on baseball fans with his pitching prowess when he came out of nowhere to become one of the best pitchers in baseball. But, it was Fidrych's antics on the mound, his genuine exuberance in playing the game, and his "just folks" persona that made a permanent impact on the American public and brought Fidrych his lasting fame, making him one of the most inspirational players in the history of the game.Mark Steven Fidrych was born August 14, 1954, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Paul and Virginia Fidrych. He grew up in the town of Northboro, Massachusetts, where his father was a public schoolteacher. Fidrych went to Algonquin High School in Northboro, where he played baseball as well as basketball and football. Because Mark was held back two years while in elementary school, in his senior year he attended a private school, Worcester Academy, due to the fact that age restrictions would have prevented him from playing sports in public school. While he was not a star pitcher in high school and was not offered any collegiate athletic scholarships, Mark caught the attention of both the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on the strength of his hard fastball. On the recommendation of Joe Cusick, the New England scout for the Detroit Tigers, Fidrych was selected in the tenth round of the 1974 draft.Fidrych began his professional career in 1974, pitching as a reliever in the Appalachian League for the Bristol Tigers. He was tall, at 6-foot-3, and lanky, weighing only 175 pounds, and had a mop-top of curly blond hair. It was while at Bristol that Fidrych was given his nickname, "Bird," by coach Jeff Hogan.i Hogan thought Fidrych looked like Big Bird from the television show Sesame Street, and the name stuck.
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